I grew up in a rural county of eastern Virginia but spent almost all of my 20s elsewhere: getting a PhD in philosophy at New York University, falling in love in Paris, teaching philosophy at Brandeis University outside Boston, and living on a 200-year-old retired dairy farm in Brittany. Seven years ago I moved home to the place where I grew up.
I write a lot about spiritual things, because of some important transformations in my own life. I grew up Southern Baptist, but I was an atheist for most of my twenties, and I would not say I’ve come “back” to faith but rather “onward” to faith. My spiritual life is no longer based on words written in a book or spoken from a pulpit but on the knowledge of my heart and my own experience. Not infallible, I know, but pretty good guides all the same.
My first book, a philosophy work entitled The Feeling of Value, was published in June 2016. My personal essays have appeared in Salon and Orion, among other publications. A full list of my published articles is available here.
I am currently finishing a book about coincidences–those strange, enigmatic experiences that are so often personally meaningful and yet push the boundaries of what we consider scientifically possible. Some of the original statistical research I have done for this book will be published in March 2019 in the peer-reviewed Journal of Scientific Exploration. The book, The Source and Significance of Coincidences, is slated to appear in early 2019 as well.
When I’m not writing, I can be found feeding chickens, hoeing strawberries, or canning way too many green beans. On the other hand, if it’s raining or snowing, I’m likely to be under a blanket on the couch, watching football or French police dramas (Engrenages, anyone?).
I can be contacted by email at sharon.rawlette[at]gmail[dot]com.